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Annual March

Rocky Nimmons/Courier Members of Pickens Presbyterian Church and Griffin Ebenezer Baptist Church joined together Monday for their 11th annual Dr. More »

Thousands gather to celebrate Tigers’ title

Pamela Dodson/Courier Clemson football players, from left, Deshaun Watson, Jay Guillermo, Ben Boulware, Carlos Watkins, Jordan Leggett and Jadar Johnson More »

MCPC presents Batchelor with annual service award

Pictured, from left, are MCPC chairman Tom O’Hanlan of Sealevel Systems, St. Jude Medical director of research and development Tom More »

Duke Energy employees volunteer for MLK Day

Duke Energy employees volunteered Monday for the national Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. SENECA — Martin Luther King More »

Annual fundraiser planned Saturday in Pickens

By Jason Evans Staff Reporter jevans@thepccourier.com PICKENS — A concert is planned this weekend to celebrate the music of the More »

Tigers score in title game’s final second to top Alabama, earn second national championship

By Scott Adamson Courtesy The Journal scott@upstatetoday.com TAMPA, Fla. — The reigning king of college football, Alabama, was unwilling to More »

 

Man killed in driveway accident

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

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PICKENS — A Pickens man died after a motorcycle accident that took place in his driveway Saturday.

Easley council addresses Sunday alcohol

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

jevans@thepccourier.com

EASLEY — The voters have spoken and the Sunday alcohol referendum on the ballot in Easley in November passed.

ECU officials tackle business’ concerns

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

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EASLEY — Last month, several downtown business owners spoke before Easley Combined Utilities Commissioners, sharing their concerns that rising rates and other issues were making the cost of doing business too

Annual March

Rocky Nimmons/Courier

Members of Pickens Presbyterian Church and Griffin Ebenezer Baptist Church joined together Monday for their 11th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday celebration, marching from Pickens Presbyterian Church to the Pickens County Courthouse steps, where they heard from speakers such as

Thousands gather to celebrate Tigers’ title

Pamela Dodson/Courier
Clemson football players, from left, Deshaun Watson, Jay Guillermo, Ben Boulware, Carlos Watkins, Jordan Leggett and Jadar Johnson clap during Saturday’s celebration of the Tigers’ national championship at Memorial Stadium.

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Getting to know Gwynne Chastain

Gwynne Chastain was born in San Diego, Calif., in 1942. She lived there for one year before her parents returned to her mother’s home in Dona Ana, N.M. Her father received his teaching degree there and later enlisted into the Army Air Corp. They moved to Alamogordo, N.M., where

MCPC presents Batchelor with annual service award

Pictured, from left, are MCPC chairman Tom O’Hanlan of Sealevel Systems, St. Jude Medical director of research and development Tom Strange, former Baptist Easley Hospital CEO Michael Bachelor and Palmetto Plating Company president John Cutchin.

SIX MILE — On Jan.

Duke Energy employees volunteer for MLK Day

Duke Energy employees volunteered Monday for the national Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.

SENECA — Martin Luther King Jr. once said that life’s most persistent and urgent question is “What are you doing to serve others?”

With this question in mind, Americans from coast to coast offer their time and energy on King’s birthday to serve their neighbors and their communities.

On Monday, nearly 30 Duke Energy Oconee Nuclear Station employees participated in the national Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. Volunteers assembled literacy kits in partnership with the United Way of Pickens County. The kits will be provided to second- and sixth-grade students who are on free or reduced lunch, or who are below reading level.

“The kits try to give the students a better understanding of managing money,” Oconee Nuclear Station project manager Alfred Mitchell said. “Parents are often more adept at talking about sex education than financial literacy with their kids.”

The kits come equipped with materials so the kids can build their own piggy banks. The kits also contain little challenges and mental exercises for how to best manage money.

“They may make money raking leaves, but then lose their notebook and have to buy another,” Oconee Nuclear Station chemistry manager Sheila Dalton said. “So the exercise makes them manage a set amount of money.”

Although Duke Energy employees haven’t helped out with a financial literacy project before, they were on board with the effort.

“It’s good to get this ingrained in them at an early age,” Oconee Nuclear Station technical procedure writer Jill Johnson said. “That’s something they need to consider and think about.”

The Duke Energy Foundation held four volunteer events for Martin Luther King Jr. Day for its employees throughout South Carolina. At Oconee Nuclear Station, 100 financial literacy kits were assembled, containing age-appropriate books with activities that reinforced the book’s focus.

“As part of a company-wide initiative in observance of the Martin Luther King Day of Service, Duke Energy organized volunteer projects for its employees across the state,” Duke Energy Foundation community affairs manager for South Carolina Amanda Dow said. “Because of our longstanding relationship with the United Way, we were able to partner with them on this particular project and thought that it was a really good fit for our employees and the company because of its focus on literacy and its impact to the community.”

Oconee Nuclear Station chemistry admin Lesley Smith said the issue of financial literacy concerns her.

“Schools don’t teach a whole lot of life skills these days,” she said. “That’s why I was interested in helping out today, because this is a life skill that kids can learn at an early age.”

 

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State treasurer set to speak at GOP meeting

EASLEY — South Carolina State Treasurer Curtis Loftis will be the guest speaker at the January Pickens County Republican Party monthly meeting.

County GOP vice chairman Rick Tate invited Loftis to speak Thursday night, Jan. 19, at Easley First Wesleyan Church. The meeting will start at 7 p.

It started with words

Hitler had a plan. He started small. In 1938, he’d been running things in Nazi Germany for five years. He spouted a dialogue of hatred, and the citizens of Nazi Germany lapped it up. Hitler blamed members of the Jewish religion for the loss of World War I and the financial


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